First off, we need to preface this post by saying: If you already feel you have a solid grasp on how to play the character or you’re looking for how to compete at a higher level, this is not the post for you. Treat this as simply a 101 overview for a quick rundown on the Pokémon at a high level. That being said, let’s get into it:
This represents the fourteenth of 22 “episodes” by Redonkulous Gaming. We will provide overviews of all the playable characters in the newly released Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. Please reference the below video as a compliment to this breakdown.
Overview of Gengar
- Health Pool: 510 HP
- Pokémon Type: Technical
- Play-Style: Keep ’em guessing
- Speed: Average
- Recommended Cheer: Standard until comfortable enough to use Synergy Focused
Duel Phase vs Field Phase
Gengar is a tactful fighter that takes advantage of his opponents missteps. He has the ability to heal himself and take his opponents synergy gauge. In field phase, he has an uncanny ability to range his opponents with a combination of shadow punch and shadow ball. Utilize lateral movement plus (Y) and (A) to shoot ghostly energy at opponents. Executing astonish is also a great way to push duel phase and take control of the fight. Do so by pressing (A) in mid air.
Once in duel phase, Gengar has a good arsenal available both in the form of special attacks as well as combos. Pressing (A) will shoot Shadow Ball which is a long-ranged attack. If you hold (A) and then release you will charge the ability prior to deploying. (FORWARD+A) will make Gengar perform Hypnosis which stuns your opponent opening them up for a follow up attack.
Pressing (BACK+A) will make Gengar perform Shadow Punch which is great to overcome blocks by the opposing fighter since the punch hits from behind. Holding (BACK+A) will charge this move making it more effective. When you hold (A), whether to charge another move or execute as a standalone, upon release Genger will execute sludge bomb which reduces the opposing fighters Attack Power upon contact.
If you get backed up against the boundary or into a jam, you can press (DOWN+A) to perform Curse. This is an effective counter, but keep in mind you cannot KO with this move. Another effective move to deter attacks is Gengar’s Shadow Twister, which is executed by pressing (UP+Y). This is effectively used in a combo or as a deterrent for air attacks.
Gengar has a great grab attack (B+Y) and learning how to best execute his grab is essential to having success with Gengar. Gengar’s grab does two things. First, it absorbs your opponents HP and adds it to your health pool and second, it absorbs the synergy gauge of your opponent adding it to Gengar. Gengar has a small health pool and his synergy phase is incredibly strong, so this is a must.
The best way to be effective with Gengar is through timing and setting up counters to your enemy. The element of surprise is Gengar’s strength, so be sure to press (R) in midair to make you vanish with Shadow Stealth, and try to land attacks from there. Keeping the pressure on your opponent with combos like this is ideal:
FROM MIDAIR (DOWN+X)(X,R)(UP+Y) which will jump down on your opponent and pop them up and them perform a twister attack leaving you open to follow up with a Shadow Punch from safe distance. Another effective and simple combo to use is (FORWARD+Y,X)(FORWARD+B)(Y,Y) to assault your opponent and pop them up in the air again and finish them off with a kick.
Try the below sequence when you have the opening so that you can heal and steal synergy gauge from the opposing fighter. This will perform hypnosis and execute Gengar’s grab attack.
You can also incorporate curse into a short combo with (X+A)(DOWN+A).
We rate all Synergy Phases (Mega-Evolutions) on a scale of 1 to Redonkulous! Here is where Gengar stacks up to the other playable characters:
- Strength of Synergy Phase: Gengar is already pretty powerful offensively so the added bonus here is found when going in or out of fighting phases. The boost in effectiveness of his abilities is awesome. We give him a score of Redonkulous here.
- Coolness Factor: Gengar is a super cool ghost fighter, but when in synergy phase he becomes a Redonkulous looking ghost fighter on steroids. SO AWESOME.
- Finisher: Gengar’s finishing (ultimate) move is pretty strong by itself. It does just about 250 HP damage which is amazing. You can couple it with the combo below to help you set it up better and make sure it lands. Be sure to give the opponent time to recover before executing the finisher. Gengar’s finisher is just flipping Redonkulous!
In addition to your playable Pokémon, you get to choose a combination of 2 support Pokémon to aid you in battle by pressing (L) when your support gauge is full. This will summon your selected Pokémon to perform a move before fleeing the battlefield. While ultimately the choice will likely come down to personal preference, here is the support combination we recommend to get you started:
- Frogadier: Frogadier gives you a long range attack and comes with a fast charge time.
- Eevee: Eevee increases your attack power and does a small heal prior to fleeing the battlefield.
The choice is yours, so be sure to play around with other support options that fit your play-style!
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